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Paul McKenna

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 27 May 2007

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Paul McKenna. He is Britain's best known hypnotist and made his name on prime-time TV. Millions used to watch on Saturday nights as he mesmerised ordinary people into doing extraordinary things. But he has found an even larger audience - and riches to match - through his series of self-help books. With titles like I Can Make You Thin and Change Your Life in Seven Days he taps into the angst-ridden preoccupations of our age with promises of serenity, contentment and control.

He is, he says, an example of his own success - having been a geeky, unconfident child who was bullied at school he has now taught himself to abandon those self-doubts. Human beings are like computers, he says, and sometimes need to be reprogrammed so they function better.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Movin' On Up by Primal Scream
Book: The Path of the Human Being by Dennis Genpo Merzel
Luxury: Collage of photos of family and friends.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles The End

    Abbey Road, Parlophone

  • Image for Sister Sledge

    Sister Sledge He's the Greatest Dancer

    The Best Disco Album in the World Ever!, Virgin

  • Image for Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven

    Best of Led Zeppelin, Atlantic

  • Image for Banderas

    Banderas This is Your Life

    Greatest Hits of 91: Vol 2, Telstar

  • Image for Jamiroquai

    Jamiroquai Space Cowboy

    Virtual Insanity Mixes, Sony

  • Image for Leftfield

    Leftfield Space Shanty

    Leftism, Hard Hands

  • Image for Everything but the Girl

    Everything but the Girl I Didn't Know I Was Looking for Love

    Everything But the Girl, Blanco Y Negro

  • Image for Primal Scream

    Primal Scream Movin' On Up

    Dixie Narco EP, Creation

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Paul McKenna

Broadcasts

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